We transform Jewish communities by building the communities we need and want. Communities that reflect our values. Communities that embrace and celebrate the myriad ways to be Jewish, where we bring our whole selves, including a commitment to justice in Palestine.

JVP Havurah Network*

There is a growing number of Jews looking for religious or spiritual home that honors and deepens our connections to Jewish tradition and helps strengthen our communities of resistance. For too long, being critical of Israel and Israeli policy has cut off Jews from synagogues and other spiritual spaces, but we can claim our tradition AND our vision.

* A havurah (meaning “fellowship” in hebrew) is a small group of like-minded folk who assemble for the purposes of celebrating Shabbat and holiday prayer services; sharing communal experiences such as lifecycle events; or Jewish learning. JVP havorot (plural of havurah) are all different, but value integrating the spiritual and political within community.

Non-zionist prayer communities: congregations and havurot
Contact Ilana Lerman for more information or to get added!

JVP Minyan
Tikun Olam Havurah
Fringes Havurah
Tzedek Chicago
work in progress

JVP is gathering resources, including texts, rituals, rabbis, and lay-leaders to help communities launch their own non- or anti-zionist havurot. Stay tuned for more information!


JVP-Chicago leads mobilization to confront the Jewish National Fund (JNF) Annual Meeting, October 2015. In this video you see Rabbinical Council co-founder Rabbi Brant Rosen lead a Havdallah/end of Shabbat ritual outside the JNF’s major donors dessert reception. The next day a broad coalition of Palestinian-led organizations and JVP chapters from across the midwest disrupt their meeting with singing and chanting.


This video is a statement of purpose and an open challenge to the Jewish community to listen to Jewish youth and our commitment to creating a vital, Jewish life that embraces all people–including Palestinians–as equals.



Student Rabbi Leora Abelson
Rabbi Rebecca Alpert
Rabbi Lev Baesh
Rabbi David Basior
Rabbi Haim Beliak
Rabbi Joseph Berman
Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener
Rabbi Meryl Crean
Rabbi Michael Davis
Rabbi Art Donsky
Rabbi Michael Feinberg
Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari
Rabbi Shai Gluskin

Rabbi Borukh Goldberg
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb
Rabbi Julie Greenberg
Student Rabbi Miriam Grossman
Rabbi Linda Holtzman
Student Rabbi Ariana Katz
Rabbi Edward Klein
Rabbi Alan LaPayover
Student Rabbi Rabbi Sandra Lawson
Rabbi Eyal Levinson
Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom
Rabbi David Mivasair
Rabbi Dev Noily

Rabbi Alexis Pearce
Rabbi Michael Ramberg
Rabbi Brant Rosen
Student Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg
Rabbi Ken Rosenstein
Rabbi Shifrah Tobacman
Student Rabbi Ri Turner
Rabbi Brian Walt
Rabbi Lew Weiss
Rabbi Alissa Wise
Rabbi Joey Wolf
Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman
Rabbi Rain Zohav

The Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council has come together to speak out on behalf of justice for all peoples in the Middle East. A fast growing network of rabbis, cantors and rabbinical students, we support each other through bi-annual in-person gatherings, in our Mentorship and Support Program, and ongoing consultation.

We create ritual materials and alternative Jewish liturgies for JVP, and provide support for JVP members, chapters, and campaigns. If you are a rabbi, cantor or a rabbinical or cantorial student interested in joining, or to send the Rabbinical Council a message, email ilana.lerman@jewishvoiceforpeace.org

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